God’s Garden

May 6, 2012

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden….  And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

Genesis 2: 8,9.

I am insprired by God’s landscape/garden design.  It was beautiful and also bountiful, which is what I try to make happen in my yard.  This is such a green time of year with many flowers getting ready to unfold!  We just had a quarter inch of rain and it is not the best time to garden so I will share some pictures.

Chives – both pleasing to the eye and good for food.

Now that I can recognize Red Admiral butterflies I see them everywhere this spring.  Here on Salvia – May Night, which is just starting to bloom.  The bumble bees and honey bees are getting active now, too.

Pinks – Dianthus.  I love the curly cue stamens!

Columbine – In the background are the new leaves and berries of the Serviceberry bush.

I am experimenting with planting containers this year.  This is an edible container: romaine lettuce, parsley, onions, pineapple sage and chocolate mint.  Not in the picture is a container just of leaf lettuce and spinach, that is brimming and ready to eat.

The  leaves in the compost pile were as high as the fence on the left last fall and are now reduced to some really dense good stuff.  (I just added the green sedum tops I pinched off all the sedum to keep them from getting too tall and tipping over.)  The compost and ground are teeming with life: arthropods of all kinds, bugs, slugs, and worms.  Should be good food for the birds this year.  With all this rain the mosquitoes should be appearing soon!

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